Taxpayers are not getting their money’s worth. We are incarcerating people and getting a 60% failure rate nationwide.
Part of my volunteer work is answering inmate letters. Some are funny, some are depressing, some are almost illegible and some are very professional. All say the same thing, with variations of the same theme. That theme is they want to get out, take care of their families and live an honest, responsible life.
It isn’t like someone wants to spend time in a cell. They have made mistakes and most regret them. Almost all the mistakes were made under the influence of drugs or alcohol or in pursuit of same. We are treating people for criminality when we should be treating them for addictions. They may be addicted to meth, heroin, alcohol, porn, or a myriad of other things, but they are addicted. Why are we treating them for criminality?
The crimes committed are a direct result of the addictions. If you look at questionnaires turned to apply for…
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